Gateway Arch National Park

St. Louis was founded by French settlers in 1764 and developed as a center of French culture and Spanish power. With the United States’ Louisiana Purchase in 1803, it soon became a major point of departure for western-bound emigrants. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is on the site of the original downtown. The memorial comprises the Gateway Arch (a National Historic Landmark), the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis’ Old Courthouse. Architect Eero Saarinen’s design for a 630-foot stainless steel catenary arch was selected in 1947, and construction began in the 1960s. The Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in the United States. Below the Arch lies the Museum of Westward Expansion, which houses an extensive collection of artifacts and an overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The nearby Old Courthouse, built in 1839, is one of the oldest extant buildings in St. Louis.

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Latitude: 38.623177 Longitude: -90.185621 Elevation: 448 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Ranger led tours of the Old Courthouse are led everyday on varying schedules. Please check with the information desk for exact times of tours.

Riverboat Cruises
Take a ride down the Mississippi River on a 19th century replica steamboat. Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher combine the charm of the 1800s with modern conveniences of today.Choose from a variety of different cruises. From dinner cruises, to sightseeing to entertainment and private chartered cruises there is a cruise for every occasion. See below for our seasonal schedule.

December-February:
New Year's Eve Cruise

March-May:
Majic 104.9 Cruises
One-Hour Sightsee Cruises
Skyline Dinner Cruises
Sunday Brunch Cruises

June-August:
Blues Cruises
Fourth of July Cruises
Kimmswick Cruises
Majic 104.9 Cruises
One-Hour Sightsee Cruises
Skyline Dinner Cruises
Sunday Brunch Cruises

September-November:
Arch Rivalry Riverboat Race Cruise
Blues Cruises
Holiday Shopping Cruise
Halloween Cruise
Kimmswick Cruises
Lock-N-Dam Cruises
Majic 104.9 Cruises
Oktoberfest Cruises
Skyline Dinner Cruises
Sunday Brunch Cruises

Seasons Accessible

OLD COURTHOUSE BUILDING HOURS: During the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend), the Old Courthouse will be open from 8am to 5pm. During the summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), the OCH will be open from 7:30am to 8pm.

Ticket Center hours: During the Winter, sales begin at 8:30am and end at 4:45pm.During the Summer, ticket sales will begin at 7:30am and end at 7:45pm.

GATEWAY ARCH BUILDING HOURS: During the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend), the Arch will be open from 9am to 6pm.During the summer (Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day), the Arch will be open from 8am to 10pm.

During the winter, the ticket booth outside the leg and cashier within the Arch will open at 9am and end sales at approximately 5:35pm.During the summer, these cashiers will be available to guests from 8am to 9:35pm. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Security Note:
Due to security measures at the Gateway Arch, all visitors to the Arch must pass through an airport style security checkpoint. No weapons--including firearms, knives, pepper spray, mace, or electronic weapons--are allowed. If you have pre-purchased your tram ticket, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your tram time.

When to Visit
Summer is high season at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Come early, or come late (the crowds are light during the evening). Make a day of it -- plan a visit to another of the city's terrific attractions. During August and September, the crowds thin out as kids return to school. Fall is a busy time due to many group tours. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days so be sure to arrive early!

Winter is a perfect time to visit! There are no lines for the trams, no waiting for movies, and the weather is surprisingly mild. Prolonged periods of extremely cold weather are rare, and in fact, records show that the temperature doesn't get lower than 32 degrees more than 25 days throughout the winter!

When spring returns, so do the group tours. In May and early June, there are light crowds with minimal waiting. The weather is mild and the extended hours give your plans flexibility.

Fees

Tram Ride to the Top of the Arch: $13 Adults (16 & up); $10 Children (3-15)

Accessibility Notes

The National Park Service and its partners welcome all visitors and make many efforts to accommodate people with disabilities in the Old Courthouse, the Gateway Arch complex, and on the park grounds. The park has accessible exhibits and programs and offers various assistive devices.

Regretfully, we do not offer access for wheelchairs, scooters, or strollers to the
top levels of the Gateway Arch or the Old Courthouse.

Gateway Arch

The top of the Gateway Arch is not wheelchair accessible. To reach it and return, you must manage a minimum of 96 steps, which are separated by 6 flights of stairs. Please be aware you may need to stand for 30-60 minutes or longer, especially during the busy summer season. There is no seating or restrooms at the top of the Arch.

Old Courthouse

There is a wheelchair lift on the Broadway entrance of the building (west side).

Most of the first floor of the Old Courthouse is accessible to wheelchairs, but the upper floors of the Old Courthouse are reachable only by climbing stairs. On the first floor, it is necessary to climb two stairs to enter the theater or the Museum Shop.

Access Pass

If you are a U.S. citizen and have a permanent disability, you may obtain a free Access Pass at the Gateway Arch Information Desk or at the Old Courthouse Museum Shop. The passport allows free admission to federal areas which charge an entrance fees and provides reductions for other types of user fees.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at the park.

The Levee and Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard

There are around 65 steps in the Grand Staircase betweeen the Arch Grounds and Lenore K. Sullivan Boulevard, which borders on the levee. There are no designated accessible parking spaces on the levee.

For further information, please contact us through our information line at 314-655-1700 or e-mail us through our website at www.nps.gov/jeff. Missouri relay at (voice) 1-800-735-2966 provides services for those who are hearing impaired.

 

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